Cast Spotlight: Ilene Marshall

by stephaniejankowski on April 27, 2015

Ilene is California native who fell in love with the amazing Steel City while in college. She has the soul of writer, but the heart of an athlete. She Ilene_Marshall_1teaches by day, writes and take pictures by night, and is married to a man who prefers his anonymity, and lucky for him, she’s not famous – yet, that is. Someday, when Hollywood comes a calling to make a movie out of her life, or when her best-seller hits the New York Times, it won’t hold a candle to her biggest achievement – surviving Motherhood. Ilene’s daughter, Lucille, has been the most humbling creature to have entered her life.

And if we do say so ourselves, Ilene’s big personality and quick wit are up there among our Favorite Things About Ilene. We would also like to point out that she is a fellow educator, so she’s obviously–what do the kids call it?–awesome sauce.

Q: Who IS Ilene Marshall?

A: She is a no-filter, call it like she sees it, wannabe Ironman, devoted wife and mama. Lover of life, photography, desperate to squeeze as much out of this existence as possible, and to leave a legacy that’s honorable.

Q: What do you wish most for your children?

A: I wish most for my daughter to have resilience. Life is going to inevitably throw some major lemons her way, but if she’s resilient, then she can weather any storm. That and I wish for her to see the world.

Q: What do you love most about Pittsburgh?

A: The overwhelming sense of community. The fact that I know my neighbors, and not just the ones on either side of me, says a lot about this town. It’s beautiful too; the rivers, the seasons, the skyline. I love that I’m raising my daughter here.

Q: If you could only ever eat at one restaurant in the ‘Burgh, what would it be and why?

A: Uncle Sam’s. Because I’ve been eating there since I was 18, and what isn’t broken shouldn’t be fixed. Vegetarian combo with everything on it; the same sandwich I’ve been ordering for nearly 20 years – no joke.

Q: If you were mayor for the day, what new law would you create?

A: I’d make a law that said it was socially acceptable to not wear a bra – even if you’re a public school teacher.

If you’re like us and can’t get enough of Ilene, you can visit her blog, These Marmalade Skies, for more impeccable writing and photography. If you need more to tide you over until her performance, check out her Post Gazette articles and photography websites below:

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